Wednesday, August 28 at 7 am at The Garage
Kathleen Annette, MD
PRESIDENT AND CEO, BLANDIN FOUNDATION
Dr. Kathleen Annette is the president and CEO of Blandin Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s work to partner with rural Minnesota communities and leaders as they design and claim ambitious, vibrant futures. The foundation awards grants in rural Minnesota, trains community leaders and engages communities on public policy issues such as the 2020 Census, broadband access and early childhood education.
In a conversation with Matt Ehlman PhD of The Numad Group, Kathy will share her insights and experience partnering with rural communities to strengthen their towns.
In her travels throughout her career, Kathy has been witness to the power of local, rural and inclusive leadership on issues most important to communities. And in her role as Blandin Foundation president and CEO, she has become part of many partnerships highlighting the possibilities for philanthropy to better serve rural communities and peoples.
A lifelong resident of rural Minnesota, Kathy is enrolled with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She earned her medical and undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, the first Minnesota Ojibwe woman to become a physician. She retired in 2011 from federal service after 26 distinguished years, having served as acting deputy director of field 0perations of Indian Health Service. She was tapped by Blandin Foundation to take the helm of the state’s largest rural-based private foundation and one of only a handful nationally focused exclusively on strengthening rural communities.
She serves as vice chair on the board of directors of The Bush Foundation.